I’m working on a philosophy writing question and need a sample draft to help me study.
Prompt: Explain Kant’s solution to the existence and nature of God, using Descartes, Spinoza, or Leibniz as your reference — do not use more than one.
Think of your reader as someone who needs your help. Your essay will serve as a tutorial:
Be sure your essay is fully formed, i.e., introductory remarks, summaries, and analyses. When formulating your position, be sure to make your argument clear.
Organize your thoughts so they are expressed on paper as a coherent whole. Given the constraints of the format, you’ll probably write a minimum of four, and a maximum of six paragraphs. These should hang together in a way that’s easy to follow; there is a clear progression of ideas.
Write intelligibly: sentences must be grammatical and cohesive.
Choose your words carefully. Remember, you’re constructing ideas for your reader.
Orient your essay around a single point you want to make, using your thinker(s) concepts and argument(s) as evidence.
Be sure to present, describe, and explain significant concepts and their relations:
Describe important concepts and lines of reasoning, e.g., ‘He says this, he argues that.’
Explain important concepts and lines of reasoning, e.g., ‘This is what he means by this and that.’
Connect important concepts and lines of reasoning to your thesis, e.g., ‘So, this is why…’
In addition, do not use material from any outside (i.e., secondary) sources, and do not use quotes from the primary source material longer than several words; I want to read what you have to say about the text. When you do quote the text, however, be sure to enlist the appropriate punctuation.
Your essay should run between (no fewer than) 600 and 1300 words.
Essay Instructions: Please construct grammatical, cohesive, and carefully worded sentences in response to the question below. Be sure not to quote the text. Instead, make references to the relevant sentences or passages you will discuss
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